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Poland Żegocina

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A: Poland Rozdziele

by Maciej G. Szling, 3.2 km away

Poland Rozdziele

B: Poland Kamiona Mała

by Maciej G. Szling, 4.2 km away

Poland Kamiona Mała

C: Poland Kamionka Mała

by Maciej G. Szling, 4.6 km away

Poland Kamionka Mała

D: Rezerwat przyrody Kamień-Grzyb

by Maciej G. Szling, 7.2 km away

Rezerwat przyrody Kamień-Grzyb

E: Rezerwat przyrody Kamień-Grzyb

by Maciej G. Szling, 7.2 km away

Rezerwat przyrody Kamień-Grzyb

F: Rezerwat przyrody Kamień-Grzyb

by Maciej G. Szling, 7.2 km away

Rezerwat przyrody Kamień-Grzyb

G: Poland Lipnica Murowana Rynek

by Maciej G. Szling, 9.0 km away

Poland Lipnica Murowana Rynek

H: Poland Lipnica Murowana

by Maciej G. Szling, 9.0 km away

Poland Lipnica Murowana

I: Poland Lipnica Murowana

by Maciej G. Szling, 9.2 km away

The church is situated on the river Uszwicą, outside the historic old city walls abroad Lipnica Murow...

Poland Lipnica Murowana

J: Szyk kościół św. Stanisława i Barbary

by Maciej G. Szling, 9.3 km away

Szyk kościół św. Stanisława i Barbary

This panorama was taken in Poland, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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